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Leadership Philosophy

Student Leadership Development strives to enhance our students' college experience through student engagement. We nurture students as they emerge on campus. We guide them as they advance through their collegiate career. We support them as they develop transferable skills. We advise them as they evolve into global citizens. We celebrate them as they recognize their potential.

We cultivate leaders.

Student Leadership Development 

Student Leadership Development engages our diverse and often non-traditional students through programming, service projects, experiential learning and leadership opportunities designed to enhance their college experience.

What Can You Gain by Participating In Our Programs?

• Build your knowledge, skills and confidence as a leader and gain valuable experience to apply in post-college careers.
• Explore current, relevant and global issues that will spark engaged citizenship.
• Practice strategies for leading positive change, such as forming organizations, planning events, volunteering, fundraising and creating awareness campaigns.
• Receive recognition for your accomplishments in leadership and civic engagement.

Leadership Development 

Northeastern Illinois University is committed to graduating students who will be leaders in their professional careers and their communities. Student Leadership Development offers a wide range of training opportunities and out-of-classroom experiences that encourage NEIU students to assess and develop the skills needed for effective leadership and multicultural understanding.

Civic Engagement 

Do you want to make a difference in your community? We can help you find the right opportunity! No matter your interests, major, experience-level or time constraints, there is something for you. Get involved with the outside community through service days, Alternative Spring Break trips, or volunteer through one of our student-run service projects. Partner with faculty, staff and students to apply what you are learning in your courses to real world problems. Gain valuable experience that will enhance your education as you become an aware and socially responsible individual through service and social action.

Student Involvement 

Student organizations represent the most visible and accessible avenue to student involvement. At Northeastern Illinois University there are more than 85 student organizations to suit a variety of interests. You will find academic, social, cultural, religious and community service organizations to name a few. To get the most from your college experience it’s important that you make time to create a plan that integrates your academic pursuits and career interests to help determine the choices you make about the time you spend outside of class. Active involvement both in and out of class contributes to your learning experience. Additionally, involvement in out of class experiences can help you develop valuable leadership and organizational skills and contribute to your marketability. Student organizations are an integral part of the student life at NEIU as well as the reflection of the diverse interests and activities of our student community.

Connect with Us on Collegiate Link

Check out the organizations on Collegiate Link
On Collegiate Link, NEIU students log in with NEIUport login and password.

Contact Us

Student Leadership Development is located in the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, B 159. Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Email us at or call us at (773) 442-4660 to learn more.